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December 2013

There are 6 blog entries for December 2013.

Austin ISD Receives Top Rankings on National Report Card

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 at 2:30pm. 1,352 Views

Travis Country Homes The Austin Independent School District serves a majority of Austin’s neighborhoods, from the homes of Travis Country to downtown Austin. A diverse, urban district, AISD is the fifth largest school district in Texas and serves approximately 86,000 students at 129 schools.

Since 2005, Austin ISD has participated in the National Assessment of Educational Progress Trial Urban District Assessment, otherwise known as the Nation’s Report Card. According to the NAEP released mid-December, the students of AISD continue to rank among the top in math and reading and outperform their peers in large urban school districts.

The assessment benchmarks its progress over time and compares performance with students in other participating urban districts, large U.S.

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ATX: Austin Home Sales Hit Seven-Year High for November, Volume Up 24 Percent

Friday, December 20th, 2013 at 4:44pm. 1,969 Views

austin real estate homesThe volume of Austin-area home sales continues to rise, according to this month’s Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report released this week by the Austin Board of REALTORS®. This makes November the 30th straight month of sales volume increases in Austin and marks the most home sales in November since ‘06.

From homes in Steiner Ranch to Barton Creek, sales were off the charts. According to the report, the total dollar volume of single-family properties sold in November 2013 was $555,757,542 – 24 percent more than November 2012.

“With strong activity across all segments of the market,” said 2013 Austin Board of REALTORS® President Cathy Coneway, “the Austin-area housing market has been full steam ahead through the holidays.”

The median price of sold

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To All a Good Flight: Holiday Travel News and Tips from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Monday, December 16th, 2013 at 2:51pm. 2,382 Views

abia holiday travelTraffic Status: Holiday air travelers should be in the terminal at least 90 minutes before departing.

Not only is airport traffic up 6% over the record-breaking 9.4 million travelers last year, but even more flights are available. Passenger traffic also will increase as students from universities downtown and ACC locations as far as Milwood head home for the holidays. ABIA Travelers should expect lines for ticketing and screening.

Events: While at Austin’s airport, look out for dancing reindeer!

Jazz and reindeer are among the extra ABIA entertainment departing passengers may enjoy from this winter at the Asleep at the Wheel stage (located near Gate 10). The Austin Jazz Workshop will play holiday favorites from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday,

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ATX Buzz: Amateur Beekeeping is On the Rise

Monday, December 16th, 2013 at 1:47pm. 1,650 Views

bee keeping austin texas“Home sweet home” may have a new meaning in Austin, Texas, with backyard beekeeping on the rise. What’s the buzz about? To learn more about the trend, we spoke with president and co-founder of TreeHouse Jason Ballard. He believes the rising trend of beekeeping “follows a broader trend of people wanting to reconnect to the ‘sources’ and ‘basics’ of life in an ever more digitized, urbanized, and disembodied world.”

In other words, it’s not just about beeswax and honey.

Ballard’s eco-friendly home improvement store, TreeHouse, made itself at home in South Austin in October of 2011, recognizing a growing demand for sustainable and healthy-living products. This year, it began selling basic beekeeping equipment like top-bar hives, box hives, smokers,

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Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics December 2013

Friday, December 13th, 2013 at 4:34pm. 1,417 Views

flintrock falls homesAustin just made it through one of its coldest stretches ever during early December! And, while our flip-flop loving populace may be tempted to burst into an a capella rendition of, “Baby, it’s cold outside!” Austin real estate agents know there is still plenty of heat to keep us warm when we look to the real estate market.  

Remember last month, when we told you the median number of days on the market for homes was only 11 days? Well, that was no fluke! This month’s data continue to back up that low number, with half of sold homes going under contract in under 11 days. Remarkable, yes? Not surprisingly, this is helping home prices continue their steady increases: we’ve been close to 10 percent all year, compared to last year’s numbers, and now the

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Historic Downtown Austin: Kruger’s Jewelers Celebrates 75 Years of Service

Monday, December 9th, 2013 at 5:45pm. 1,774 Views

Kruger's Jewelers AustinKruger’s Jewelers has withstood the test of time, weathering not just the competition, but floods, recessions, and even wars. This historic central Austin business has made its home on the corner of 8th and Congress for nearly 75 years. While many diamond stores tout “old-fashioned customer service,” downtown Austin’s Kruger’s Jewelers defines it. The founding principle of this century-old family business was, and continues to be, an unwavering commitment to its patrons.

“We’re here to earn customers,” explained 3rd generation store owner David Kruger. “We don't sell anything here. When a customer makes a purchase, they make the decision. That’s the way I like to be treated when I’m a customer, and that’s how I want my customers treated.”

It is that

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